On directions from a special court here for prevention of atrocities on the SC& ST, a case has been registered by the PratapNagar police station against top officials of the Essar Oils Limited, an integrated oil company of international repute.
The FIR lodged under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act against 7 officials of ten company including its chairman.
Rajesh Chouhan, the complainant claimed in the complaint that he was the proprietor of a petrol pump at Khajuri village in Ratanpur on NH-8 at the entrance of Rajasthan-Gujrat border. Chouhan who owns 2166 square meters land where the pump is situated, had invested an handsome amount on the pump building and infrastructure.
“ The company’s petrol pump was operational here later it was shut down and I purchased it from the owner. Essar Oils offered me its franchise outlet and we executed dual contracts in 2009. One was a land lease agreement for 20 years while the second one was the franchise agreement.
But the company did not disclose the fact that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had in 2004 denied NOC for operating the petrol pump thus deeming it illegal” Chouhan told DU.
Later on NHAI’s notice to clear the pump, the owner had to dismantle the structure and he suffered heavy loss. The company didn’t pay his dues against rent, license fees and investments amounting to some 2.5 crore rupees.
Later the company terminated the franchise agreement. “ We filed a forgery case at Bichhiwada police station in 2013 against the company officials and a revision petition is pending at the High Court in this regard” he said.
“ Recently the company has filed a petition for arbitration with the Bombay High Court demanding me to vacate and handover the possession of the petrol pump. “ As per clause (F) of the lease deed, the agreement stands automatically cancelled as the company failed to seek NOC from NHAI for the operation of the pump. They are trying to harass and wrongfully trying to dispossess me from my land which is an offence under the POA Act” Chohan said.
The case has been registered under sections 384 of the IPC, 3 (1) (viii), 3 (X) and various sections of the POA Act. “ I have also filed complaints against the company officials with the Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Scheduled Castes” Chouhan informed.